I got to thinking about a couple of guitars I used to have that slipped away (much to my regret!). So I thought It might be fun to hear of other members experiences trading off gear that they later wish they had hung on to.
I know DeaconBlues had a Teisco guitar of some kind. I'd like to know more. I bet there's some other good (and sad) stories out there!
I'll start out with : A J50 Gibson acoustic I bought new in 1966.
A Maple fretboard Telecaster with a Bigsby wammy bar (had an "F" for "Fender" cast into it). Came with a tweed
A Peavey Classic 20 tube combo amp. !0" speaker, 15watts. No longer made.
All sad stories too! All I can say (without divulging details) is that the decisions were all my own. I have only myself to blame. I'll probably think of more...
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Next would come a Hofner Club guitar with a Bigsby, similarly a Colorama, that I can no longer remember the going of in late sixties.
Finally an 'anonymous' classical guitar I bought for around thirty quid and owned for twenty years that I used for flamenco after stripping it down and re-doing the finish mostly with French polish. That one was 'borrowed' by one of my daughter's gipsy chums here in Spain ... and was never seen again!
Good idea this thread, it often isn't the 'value' that matters, it's more the memories, although they're not so reliable in my case these days!
"I feel more like I do now than when I first came on" (Ronnie Scott, Maidstone)
I regret that I fell out of love with the sounds of my Tokai LC85 as I was absolutely bowled over by it when I first got it and its sad to lose the joy in something. When we parted company at the end of last year I was even finding it difficult to listen to recordings I'd made that had that guitar playing on them. I've never had such an extreme change of opinion of a guitar in 40+ years. It coincided with a strong swing in my gut reaction to the comparative sounds of single coil and humbucker pickups so I don't think it was the Tokais fault - just my ears.
I regret the reasons that led me to sell a Gibson SG Standard to pay unexpected vets bills. It only took playing one note trying out an SG to know it was really good but oddly I found a Vintage V100 was adequate to cover the absence of the SG. I wasn't playing very well back then at all though so I probably didn't get the proper benefit of the SGs quality.
I must be hard-hearted or something. If I'm not using a guitar or a piece of gear and haven't been for several months I really don't feel too upset about the thought of letting it go. My thoughts about the Tokai were that i would rather it be played by someone that would appreciate those qualities.
(here's some I've had:
Squier Bullet 2008 (modded by Rob DiStefano) 210
Koaloha pinapple soprano ukulele 220
Mahi Mahi soprano ukulele
Fluke concert ukulele 70
Alvarezin OM-style guitar 340
Fender VibroChamp '65 (Weber 8A125, EH tubes) 650
Epiphone EF-500R 400
A&L Ami Cedar 267
Martin LXK-2 160
Fender Deluxe Super Strat 1998 600
Richwood Telecaster (52RI pickups & tuners) 270
Fender MIM 50s Telecaster 400
Yamaha C-40 650mk
Tokai MIK Les Paul Custom 3000mk
MIJ Squier strato 1993 (Fender logo) 3500
Seagull dreadnought 500
custom tele (Rio Grande Muy Grande pickups) 270
MIJ 50s strat 1996 3500mk
Yamaha 2HB-telecaster 1500mk
Landola "A-85" 120
Johnson UK-505 170€ ukulele
Park by Marshall 10R amp 900mk) )
That's about it... most of the guitars I have really loved, I have kept.
Painful story - that's such a crying shame. I'm SO glad you (however it happened) realised the medical advice was flawed.
To think that the "Early in the Morning 6 15 11" I've just so enjoyed listening to could well have not existed (along with a good few more) had you not taken up playing again. I feel bad about joking about you making me regret selling my SG on the "What gear do you regret not having now" thread now that I've seen this.